Utah is home to several major landmarks, including the Great Salt Lake, Bonneville Salt Flats and Speedway, and Bryce Canyon National Park. Although much of the state showcases amazing red rock terrain, there are snow-capped mountains and pinyon-juniper forests here, too. Many people consider Utah one of the best states to live in because of its high happiness rankings, booming economy, and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Utah has a crime rate of 24.96 per 1,000 residents. You have a 1 in 383 chance of being a victim or violent crime. Assaults and robberies are the most common violent crimes. About 98 murders and 5,300 assaults occur here each year. Theft is the most common property crime in Utah with over 50,000 cases, compared to 12,090 motor vehicle thefts and 7,562 burglaries. Plenty of Utah cities are significantly safer than the state average, but a few areas have higher crime rates.
What city in Utah has the highest crime rate?
South Salt Lake, a city of 25,000 in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, has the highest crime rate in Utah with about 800 violent crimes and one homicide occurring each year.
Utah property crimes are the highest in South Salt Lake too, with more than 7,000 incidents per 100,000 people each year. However, the crime rate has decreased since 2007. The chance of becoming a victim of a property crime in South Salt Lake is 1 in 14, which is significantly higher than the 1 in 45 rate for the state as a whole.
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University Village: Many college students live in this neighborhood because it has a lower crime rate than other neighborhoods, and it's walkable. Sixty percent of the residents are college students. The neighborhood has ranked among the top 0.6% in Utah for college friendliness.
Greater Avenues East: Nestled by the University of Utah and Emigration Canyon, Greater Avenues East is known as a safe area. It’s also one of the wealthiest areas in the city, and you'll often see luxury cars, such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Many of the residents send their children to private preparatory schools.
Its history as a rough industrial and railroad town with poor residents may have contributed to Ogden's reputation as a less-than-desirable place to live, but the modern view is more encouraging, with many residents having great things to say about their city and calling its bad reputation unfair.
Vehicle theft in Utah
With the high chance of becoming a victim of a property crime in some of the most populated cities in Utah, you may be wondering how you can protect yourself. Simply locking your doors might not be enough. You can deter thieves by using alarm systems, cameras, and steering wheel locks. Make it as difficult as possible for them to steal the car, and make it clear that it's going to be difficult.
With Car Guard, you can receive alerts on your phone when there are disturbances with your vehicle, making it easier to contact the police at the first sign of trouble. You can also install trackers in your vehicles for an added layer of protection. With a tracker, the police will be more easily able to locate your vehicle and recover it safely.
Our outdoor cameras can also help you beef up your home security. These motion-detecting cameras can spot abnormal behavior and trigger an LED ring to light up to indicate that the camera is recording. The Smart Deter technology also sounds an alarm to warn loiterers that they are on camera and being recorded. In other words, these handy cameras don’t merely record criminal behavior—they can actually deter it.
Home automation makes it easy to manage your home's security whether you’re home or not. You can quickly and easily check your cameras and control the lights from anywhere. We even have a feature that can close your garage door if it's been left open, which can help protect your home and property from criminal activity.
Reduce your chance of becoming a victim of crime in Utah
Your chance of becoming a victim of crime in Utah differs based on the city and neighborhood you live in. But no matter where you live, a Vivint home security system can help you stay safe. Contact us today at 855.822.1220 to learn more.
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